On this date, 2010: Warriors obtain All-Star David Lee from Knicks
Shortly after LeBron James said yes to the Miami Heat on Thursday, David Lee and the New york city Knicks stated yes to the Warriors.
According to multiple team sources, Lee, a free agent, concurred to a six-year offer worth just under $80 million, and the Knicks consented to a sign-and-trade with the Warriors. In exchange for Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward who balanced 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds last season, Golden State sent forward Anthony Randolph, center Ronny Turiaf and swingman Kelenna Azubuike to New York.
The deal can’t become official until today since the NBA offices were closed when the trade was agreed upon. Till it’s official, a “curveball,” as one source put it, might happen. However that’s unlikely, as even Lee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the deal. The Warriors are anticipating to announce trade once it’s approved, probably today.
” It’s bittersweet and stunning,” point player Stephen Curry said from Las Vegas, where the Warriors open its Summer League schedule today. “Lee is a fantastic gamer, and I do believe he will make our group much better. However we’ll just need to see if all of it works out.
” The fans enjoy (Randolph). They believed he was going to lead this group places.”
The Warriors are elated at adding Lee because, although it cost them one of their treasured young talents, they add a tested gamer to put with Curry, guard Monta Ellis and center Andris Biedrins.
Warriors management apparently does not view the $80 million commitment as expensive, given that one of the best free-agent huge guys available, Amare Stoudemire, got $100 million over 5 years from the Knicks.
Said one source, “The Warriors paid less cash over six years than Chicago spent for power forward Carlos Boozer over five years ($ 80 million).”.
The deal needed to wait for James’ extremely publicized decision since the Knicks were hoping he chose New york city. Once they knew that they weren’t going to get James, the Knicks went to their Fallback, which was to obtain Randolph to use the front line with Stoudemire and sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari. That prompted the Knicks to supposedly spurn sign-and-trade deals from Toronto, Phoenix and Minnesota.
” They’re thrilled to have me,” Randolph stated from Las Vegas, “and I have the chance to come right in there and play. I genuinely believe New york city likes me as a gamer and wants me there.”.
Lee, who reportedly refused a deal from the New Jersey Internet, is anticipated to begin at power forward, with Brandan Wright as his backup. One NBA executive stated Lee will suit completely with the Warriors, specifically due to the fact that he assists fill their need for rebounding.
” He’s a very high energy player,” Wright stated from Las Vegas. “He’ll fit our up-and-down design. He brings a various aim to our team. I might see us playing together, particularly the way we play.”.